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  1. Leoben

    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    Isegahama has to be one of the all-time great coaches. Two Yokozuna and multiple sekitori is an extremely strong resume.
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    Kyushu 2022 discussion (results)

    I believe there was some news in 2021 saying that he had torn his ACL or MCL and decided not to have surgery and just fight through it. I hope this isn't the same injury again, it could jeopardize his career if it is.
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    Terunofuji surgery

    Good for him. If he takes time off to recover and rehab he has a shot at going back to being the dominant wrestler he was. I remember seeing him kneel and how he could barely stand up afterwards, and thinking there was no way someone in his condition could complete a tournamnet without daily painkiller injections. It's probably the only thing that's been keeping him going for a while now.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    I love the little storyline of iron man Tamawashi not finishing a tournament for the first time ever in July due to covid, and coming back with a vengeance to win the next one.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    You break the henka ice; you pay the henka price.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    For comparison, Takakeisho took 14 tournaments from his makuuchi debut to make Ozeki, and Asanoyama took 16. Hoshoryu debuted in Aki 2020 so this will be his 13th tournament in the top division. He could equal Takakeisho if he goes for double digits in this basho and the next one and he gets a JY or better in one of them (unlikely imo), and he has an OK shot at matching Asanoyama. But even if he doesn't, he's still just 23 and it doesn't feel like he's reached his ceiling yet.
  7. Leoben

    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    Wow, did not know this.
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    Aki 2022 discussion (results)

    After reading the discussion around Tamawashi's multiple kinboshi yesterday, I'm picturing the leaders of the kyokai gathered in a smokey room banging on the table and complaining That Terunofuji! he's gonna bankrupt us! Handin' out kinboshi like they're candy!
  9. Leoben

    Nagoya 2022

    Hoshoryu did a great impression of his uncle today. Intimidating staredown, quick powerful win, little fist pump to celebrate.
  10. Leoben

    Nagoya 2022

    Same here haha. It was the first thing on my mind after watching today's matches. I've seen a few comments about Mitakeumi being injured and not being able to use one of his arms, and it's apparent watching him fight that this is true, but I don't know if it's only because of his recent injury or if there's a longer-term problem and he's always had issues like this.
  11. I may be misremembering, but I believe there was an interview where he said something to that effect, that he was still dealing with covid symptoms even though he "recovered" a while ago. If long COVID can be such a burden to regular-bodied people, I can't even imagine what it must be like for someone that weighs nearly 170kg and has poor cardio.
  12. I feel sorry for Teru. After last year I was convinced that he was going to win 3-4 tournaments in 2022 but it looks like he really gave everything he had to earn his promotion and his body hasn't recovered from it.
  13. I did not expect Hoshoryu to win that match, what a pleasant surprise. It's cool to see he now has the strength to go up against the big guys and not get overpowered immediately. I think the change in his physique has been very noticeable in the last couple of tournaments. He looks a lot chunkier now than he did a year ago, but he's put on weight the right way. His whole body is thicker and more muscular, it's not all in his gut.
  14. Leoben

    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    Would be terrible for his marketing, he's got one of the most unique names in the sport. I'm certain he'd lose fans if he ever did this.
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    Haru 2022 Discussion Thread (SPOILERS!)

    What a tournament. If anyone put actual money on Wakatakakage winning they must be extremely happy right now. 9-6 at M1 and 12-3Y at Sekiwake means he's on an Ozeki run right? In theory he'd need another 12 in May to seal the deal, but is there a chance they ask him for another good result because of inexperience at the upper levels? Counting this tournament and May, we will have only held a Sanyaku rank for 3 tournaments before potentially earning his Ozeki promotion, which feels like very little. I don't know what the historical precedents are, but could this be one of those "show us more" cases? (assuming he gets 11-12 wins) Other than the unexpected winner, very happy that the other golden boy got his KK on the last day and we'll get to see him stay in Sanyaku.